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Law and Society

Law and Society


September 5 - December 13, 2024

Course Description

RECOMMENDED FOR: Juniors and Seniors

COURSE LISTING: Social Studies


Law & Society features the study of the political nature of state and federal level courts, while paying particular attention to contemporary issues related to the judiciary. The course will provide a foundation for legal study through surveying 1) the historical development of the courts, 2) controversial issues surrounding the essence of court authority, 3) state and federal court structures and operations, and 4) case study areas related to civil rights and liberties. Students will have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with fundamental aspects of the American legal system and be afforded educational exposure to issues applicable as both citizens and students in the historical field of law. Class methods will include discussion, lecture, case-summary writing, historical research, and other related techniques. Note: this course is not designed to be the basis of professional legal training. It is a general survey course designed to provide students with historical and contemporary practical learning material. This course requires weekly engagement but is primarily asynchronous which allows students to work around their school schedule. One-on-one synchronous teacher drop-in support time is offered each week for students, as well as on demand, by appointment.

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